(CNN) - Conservative websites were abuzz Tuesday after one suggested it was ironic that the NAACP requested reporters covering a speech by Attorney General Eric Holder bring two forms of identification, a common practice at major events.
Holder has spoken out - most recently in his speech at the convention on Tuesday - against state laws that would require individuals to present photo identification to vote.
(CNN) – Congressional candidate and veteran Tammy Duckworth said Tuesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" that her opponent, who has charged her military service is "all she talks about," is sending a discouraging message to other veterans.
"I don't mind if he attacks me personally, but when he says a veteran is not a true hero if they speak about their service, he is now discouraging 23 million veterans across this great nation from speaking about their service at a time when young vets coming home need to be talking about the leadership skills they developed in the military," Duckworth said of Rep. Joe Walsh.
(CNN) – CNN Chief National Correspondent looks at the two states visited on Tuesday by President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has bought almost $5 million of television time beginning Wednesday to air advertisements in eight battleground states, according to a Republican ad tracking source.
This is the second week in a row the campaign has made an ad buy of almost $5 million, signifying it is increasing its muscle in the general election ad wars.
Colorado Springs, Colorado (CNN) – Mitt Romney took a break from campaigning Tuesday to visit an area devastated by recent wildfires in Colorado.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee flew into Colorado Springs to meet with individuals impacted by the fire. He also stopped in at a food bank just miles away from where the fire first ignited in Waldo Canyon and destroyed more than 340 homes.
Washington (CNN) – With public approval ratings hovering around a disappointing 20%, Congress could use a super hero in its ranks.
But lawmakers may have to settle on a cameo appearance in a Hollywood action film by one of their own: Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont.
Washington (CNN) - The Senate voted Tuesday to begin debate on a bill to give tax breaks to small businesses that hire new workers or boost pay for existing workers. But the overwhelming 80-14 vote masks the broad expectation that because of an unrelated fight over the Bush tax cuts, the small business bill is unlikely to pass the chamber.
"You have to wonder whether the bill that we will go to shortly is a serious exercise," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, shortly before the vote, as he a noted a procedural technicality could scuttle the bill even if the Senate did approve it. "So I'm not sure that the majority is interested in passing something."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 10, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: ROMNEY AND OBAMA ON OUTSOURCING: I KNOW YOU ARE BUT WHAT AM I:
… MITT ROMNEY AT A CAMPAIGN STOP IN GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO: “He likes to talk about outsourcing. He's run some interesting attack ads on me on that topic. … It’s interesting when it comes to outsourcing, this president has been outsourcing good deal of American jobs by putting money into energy companies that end up making their products outside the U.S. If there’s an outsourcer in chief, it’s the President of the United States, not the guy running to replace him”
… AND PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA BRINGS UP ROMNEY’S HISTORY WITH THE AUTO BAILOUT IN CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA: “Governor Romney said we should let Detroit go bankrupt. I refused to turn my back on a great American industry and great American workers. I bet on American workers, I bet on American manufacturing, and three years later the American auto industry has come roaring back. That's what this election is about.”
JUST IN… LIBERALS JOIN CONSERVATIVES IN MEDIA DISTRUST: A new study by Gallup finds that public trust in media is at a new all-time low. In particular, self-described liberals and moderates have experienced the largest decline in trust. “Liberals and moderates lost so much confidence in television news this year - 11 and 10 points, respectively - that their views are now more akin to conservatives' views. This marks a turnaround from the pattern seen since 2009, in which liberals expressed more confidence than conservatives.”
Washington (CNN) – Capitol Hill lawmakers made a fresh push Tuesday to gain passage of a law that punishes those who lie about earning high military honors.
The Supreme Court ruled June 28 that the Stolen Valor Act of 2006 was unconstitutional, saying it violated the free speech rights of those making false claims about winning the Medal of Honor and other combat citations.
Washington (CNN) - The House Ethics Committee announced Tuesday that it has cleared Florida Republican Vern Buchanan in an investigation, finding no evidence that he purposely omitted information from the annual financial disclosure forms he is required to file.
But while the committee closed the case on this matter, it did not comment on other allegations involving Buchanan's business practices, his campaign finances, and accusations that he tried to try to stop a witness from talking. Buchanan remains the target of at least four congressional and federal investigations into those allegations.